Gboard on Android Gets GIF and Emoji Suggestions, Improved Voice Typing, More

Camille Francis
March 12, 2017

To get Gboard to translate automatically for you, just tap the rainbow G icon, then the Translate icon.

To use these features on your phone you have to download the latest Gboard app from the Play store. Of course you can send the plain English you've typed if you wish, the choice is yours.

The report provides an example of this feature by describing a scenario where one is chatting with a friend about a famous restaurant and when the need arises to tell them the location, all one needs to do is to type out "it's at" and Google will step in with an autocomplete suggestion of the address. In addition, Google has said that from now on it will add new themes more frequently, so that all users can customize their keyboard to the maximum. As the user types something on the keyboard, emojis and GIF searches will appear in the strip of suggestions. GIFs can be inserted into apps like Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Hangouts and Allo.

Google on Thursday introduced a slew of new updates to Gboard for Android, including automatic GIF and emoji suggestions, improved voice typing, and Translate integration.

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With the update, Gboard's voice typing feature also gains an updated interface, which makes it easier for users to toggle voice or text typing back and forth.

The next Android OS reportedly comes with new assistive features. As you start typing, the Google Translate technology will instantly output your phrase in a language of your choice. But, what would be interesting to see is - if a user uses dictation such as Google Docs Voice Typing on their device, how the new Gboard responds.

Expanded support for right-to-left languages. Speaking of other languages, Gboard now supports web, GIF and emoji search for right-to-left languages, such as Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi.

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